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James Toseland in land speed record bid

James Toseland tries the motorcycle for size

Sheffield's Double World Superbike Champion, James Toseland, has launched a UK attempt to break the official world motorcycle land speed record - aiming to achieve a speed of at least 400mph. It is scheduled to take place at Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA in 2014.

On a tour of the University of Derby's Motorsport engineering workshops, James saw and heard about the motorcycle streamliner project aiming to break the current official Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) record of 376.363mph, held by American Rocky Robinson.

He said: "I am hugely excited about this record attempt but I'm under no illusions as to how difficult it will be. I've been racing motorcycles for most of my life but this means learning a completely new technique in order to pilot the motorcycle streamliner.

"If successful, this will be a fantastic personal achievement but also a great accolade to bring back to the UK."

Superbike champion leads charity ride

Dozens of bikers have taken to the streets of Leeds today to raise money for sick children - led by a former world superbike champion. James Toseland was among the biking enthusiasts who gathered at the city's Harley Davidson showroom before setting off in convoy to the Leeds General Infirmary.

They were collecting cash for the Children's Hospital appeal to pay for vital medical equipment and were handing over a cheque for more than a thousand pounds.

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